Sarah is correct. But it's not going to slow anyone down, which pushed me to ask:
Someone needs to explain to me the weird fixation on mystical powers of: gerrymandering; talking filibusters; discharge petitionsAnd out of a few replies, I thought these three were worth sharing. I'm not sure any of them are "the" answer, or if there is any particular answer, or even if it's the right question...perhaps it just seems to me that these three things are grouped together. But at any rate, here are the best answers I received (edited to remove the twitter from them).
Silver bullet explanations for larger, institutional and intractable public policy challenges
Liam Liwanag Burke:
Great man/American Hero theory of governance causes cognitive dissonance when dealing with actual rules of order
They play into conspiracy theories of ideologues; it's not that opposition is nearly as popular, it's that they cheat and our leaders are soft.
So that's what they said. What do you think? Other ideas? I'm definitely curious about everyone's reactions.